With world attention on both the environment and the economy, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is where policymakers and business leaders turn for win-win solutions. By focusing on strong science, uncommon partnerships and market-based approaches, we tackle urgent threats with practical solutions. We are one of the world’s largest environmental organizations, with more than two million members and a staff of approximately 630 scientists, economists, policy experts, and other professionals around the world. We operate in 22 geographies with unique projects running across four programs. You will be part of a vibrant workplace that welcomes diverse perspectives, talents and contributions, where innovation and results are a way of life.
The Senior Development Officer will lead the fundraising efforts for a select portfolio of high-level foundation donors and prospects (6-8 figure gifts), as well as provide effective team leadership to up-and-coming Development Officers and junior staff on the Institutional Giving team.
Department and Location
This position is part of the Institutional Giving team within EDF’s Development Department. The Development Department raises 90% of EDF’s $175M+ budget annually; the Institutional Giving team is responsible for raising about half of the department’s revenue. This position is located in either EDF’s New York or Washington, D.C. offices.
The Senior Development Officer, Foundations reports to the Senior Director of Institutional Giving.
Working closely with program, finance and executive staff, raise and manage 6-8 figure gifts from foundations to support the work and mission of EDF. This entails a range of strategic stewardship and cultivation activities, including but not limited to:
Developing and implementing donor cultivation plans and gaining buy-in from EDF’s program and executive leadership.
Preparing high quality proposals, reports and other donor-facing communications in collaboration with program staff and grant writers.
Constructing strategic talking points and other materials for program and executive staff to use in donor meetings
Developing relationships with foundation staff and participating in funder meetings.
Leveraging the resources of department-wide research and donor engagement (communications/events) teams, as appropriate.
Provide management oversight and mentoring to mid-level officers, junior staff, and/or administrative staff, including delegating and overseeing work, and, as appropriate, providing guidance to ensure smooth operations and high performance across the team.
Develop and maintain strong knowledge of EDF’s program work to effectively represent, through both written and oral communications, a wide array of regional, national, and global environmental programs to inspire donors to support EDF.
Lead and/or facilitate frequent and ongoing internal communication within the development department, with program, finance and administrative staff, and at times, with the executive team to ensure coordinated engagement with donors across the organization.
Effectively make a wide range of both independent and collaborative decisions in cultivating and stewarding donors, using his/her best judgment and the input of program staff and development leadership, where appropriate.
Work effectively with staff across all departments throughout all EDF offices.
Bachelor’s degree required.
A minimum of 8 years of demonstrated success and increasing responsibilities in nonprofit fundraising, including strong track record of securing large gifts (at least six-figures) from foundations.
Experience managing other staff.
Strong strategic thinking and planning skills.
Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
The ability to work both as a team player and independently, as a self-starter.
Strong project management skills, including the ability to work effectively across the organization and among geographically-dispersed colleagues.
Outstanding interpersonal and listening skills.
Interest in environmental issues, and demonstrated ability to quickly develop a strong command of EDF’s issues and work.
Strong computer literacy, including Word, Excel, and donor management databases.
The ability to travel.
Environmental Defense Fund is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.